A to Z Challenge 2013

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


One of the hardest things for most people to ask for is help.  It doesn't matter what we're doing.  For some reason, most people just won't ask for any assistance no matter how hard the road gets or how important it is that they succeed.   Writers are no different.

When I first started writing (back in high school), I made the mistake of not asking for help.  I soon found myself feeling like my writing was crap and that I would never make it as a writer.  So I put down the pen and gave it up.

Fast-forward more than a few years and I decided to have another go at it.  The difference has been that life has taught me how important it is to ask for help when you need it.  The really cool thing is that I've  found so many helpful writers that will go out of their way to help someone who really wants to learn.  Writers are (for the most part) some of the friendliest people on the planet.

My biggest problem is sometimes I feel like I'm bothering my fellow writers with what maybe should be questions I should answer on my own.  It's that old habit of not asking for help.  My blog is partly a way to deal with this bad habit.  I guess I have a small sliver of hope that something in my posts will help somebody - even if only in a small way.  And of course, I'm always ready to help my fellow writers in any way I can.  I may not be published yet (nor even considered an exceptional writer), but I will still do what I can when I can.  It helps me feel like I'm evening out those invisible scales weighing how much I help others against how much help is given to me.

When was the last time you asked for help?  And have you helped others lately?


Cathy said...

You're so right. It's hard to ask for help, and yet it's so easy to give and give and give ... to the neglect of our own wants and needs.

Stopping by from the A-Z. I'm a fellow wannabee author and your newest follower!

Eric said...

Cathy - Yep. Thanks for stopping by and glad to hear from another potential author :)